Shazam shrimp are a tasty way to start an evening.
On a typical Friday or Saturday night newly opened Foo Dog is standing room only. I’ve been a few time and dabbled with the appetizer menu aka “Street” and haven’t been disappointed. The beer selection is impressive without being overwhelming and they’ve got cheap options for those friends of yours with either no taste or no money.
Style Weekly gives it the restaurant review treatment in today’s issue and has mixed results.
In other dishes, however, sauce is an attribute. The shazam shrimp ($8) is elevated by its jalapeño honey aioli, which strikes a perfect balance of sweet and heat. And the beef satay skewers ($6) are tender and accompanied by a pleasantly sweet peanut satay sauce.
There’s also some unevenness with the ramen and noodle bowls. Ramen’s foundation is a complex broth, which is where Foo Dog’s versions suffer. The Japanese ramen ($9) comes with pork broth that tastes more of seaweed than meat. It isn’t bad, but the best ramen should have you savoring every sip, trying to understand the magic behind the flavors.
A far more enjoyable dish is the Malaysian ramen ($9), with its heavier flavors of curry, miso and coconut milk.